Acting Crazy

I catch up to her. “You won’t get to the downtown that way. We’re on a peninsula that goes miles out from the city. Even if you walk all the way you’ll only come to a bunch of houses and apartments way east of the downtown.” She’s trying to speed up with every word I say, and I’m having trouble keeping up. “You’re acting crazy, Claire. We have to paddle to get to the city. It’s the only way. I’m sorry, but you’re stuck with us at this point.”

She stops and throws her backpack to the ground. “You want to know why I’m acting crazy? I don’t know those people, and you don’t know me. We’re not practical-joking-siblings who kidnap each other onto trips. You’re just a goddamn weirdo, and I’ve suddenly woken up trapped on a beach with you and two strangers and no other people around.”

“Ah Christ Claire, it’s not as bad as that. And Kate and Sam aren’t so bad, just come back and have a drink with them.”

"Sculpture" by John Vetterli, edited by A. Malcolm

"Sculpture" by John Vetterli, edited by A. Malcolm